Law and regulation

Audit / FRC revises Practice Note 19 for bank audits

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has issued a revision of Practice Note 19: The audit of banks and building societies, to reflect changes to auditing standards, and a significant rewrite to reflect the latest ISA 540 on disclosures 

Audit / Audit updates: July 2019

In this month’s audit updates, fines for PwC over Redcentric, KPMG refuses to retender $2.2m Cineworld audit, ICAEW finds one in four audits sub-standard, Gama Aviation ditches Grant Thornton and the Financial Reporting Council gets a new head of audit inspections on loan from the Bank of England

Audit / Audit updates: June 2019

In this month’s audit updates, FRC reveals final plan and budget, KPMG in £5M Co-Op Bank fine, Mazars bags Goldman Sachs audit, ‘opinion shopping’ hides red flags, Laura Ashley audit fines, Anglo American ditches Deloitte and IAASB consults on audit simplification

Audit / NAO issues guidance for audit committees on cloud services

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published guidance for audit committees on cloud IT services and their use in government, with suggested questions to ask at planning, implementation and management stages

Audit / FRC to be disbanded as government green lights new audit regulator

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) will be closed and replaced with a new audit regulator following criticism of their effectiveness of the existing organisation following a string of audit scandals at major listed companies

Accounting / Essentials: Brexit changes to company law for accountants

The government is passing substantive legislative changes to Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006) via statutory instrument and has issued guidance letters for accountants and auditors with advice on how to operate cross-border in the event of a no deal Brexit. James Waller CA, technical writer at Croner-i Tax and Accounting, explains the key considerations

Audit / FRC consults on tougher going concern rules

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is consulting on plans to revise the International Standard on Auditing (ISA) (UK) 570 Going Concern, which will mean requirements for UK auditors will be significantly stronger than those required by international standards

Audit / Audit updates: March 2019

In this month’s round-up of audit news, FRC extends probe into Carillion audit, no deal Brexit advice for auditors, Vodafone drops PwC in swap to EY, BDO picks up £200k Halfords audit from KPMG

Audit / ISA (UK) 540 (Revised): scalability and audit of accounting estimates

The revised international auditing standard, ISA (UK) 540 (Revised) Auditing Accounting Estimates and Related Disclosures, attempts to improve scalability issues and treatment of accounting estimates as more complex forward analysis becomes available for financial reporters. Michelle Roberts CA, specialist audit writer at Croner-i Tax and Accounting, considers the judgment issues for auditors

Audit / Deloitte Japan fined $2m over independence failings

Deloitte’s firm in Japan is to pay $2m (£1.56m) to settle charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it issued audit reports for a client at a time when dozens of its employees maintained bank accounts with the client’s subsidiary, in violation of the regulator’s audit independence rules

Audit / The future of auditing: a cluttered horizon

Katharine Bagshaw FCA examines the future of auditing in light of a raft of UK investigations into quality, purpose and independence, the Monitoring Group's proposals to overhaul the international audit standard setters, and attempts to modernise auditing standards in an age of cross-border, digital multinational businesses, not to mention the audit needs of smaller entities

Audit / £21m damages bill for Grant Thornton’s ‘flagrant’ audit failures

Grant Thornton has been ordered to pay an audit firm record of £21m in damages to former client AssetCo after a High Court judge branded its auditing of the company, which nearly collapsed as a result of an accounting scandal, to be a ‘flagrant breach of professional standards’, exhibiting failures ‘of the utmost gravity’

Audit / Audit updates: February 2019

In this month’s roundup of audit news, MPs probe Big Four and mid-tier firm heads about sustainability of audit, FRC consults on tougher stewardship code and changes to third country auditor fees due to Brexit, Carillion audit investigation to continue well into 2019, audit wins at SSE and ICG, while Aston Martin puts audit out to tender

Audit / PCAOB faults half of KPMG US audits inspected

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) identified deficiencies in half of the audits it inspected at KPMG’s US firm in 2017, with concerns that there might not have sufficient audit evidence to support the firm’s opinion in some instances

Audit / FRC Carillion probe to continue ‘well into 2019’

The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) investigation into Carillion is set to continue for much of this year but will be completed ‘promptly and thoroughly’, the regulator has said in an update on its examination of KPMG’s auditing and the conduct of two former finance directors of the failed outsourcer
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